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Our main aim within English is to develop confidence within individuals, enabling them to become articulate in expressing their ideas, both verbally and in writing. We are fully committed to encouraging students to read and write for enjoyment and to develop their love for literature.

Students are broadly banded by ability on two halves of the year group. At Key Stage 3 and 4 students receive eight hours of English a fortnight.

Curriculum Leader of English: Sophie Carr

Key Stage 3

Students study the class novel, poetry and Shakespeare in a variety of engaging ways all the way through to the end of Year 9. Students are assessed for their reading and writing skills throughout the year and they have the opportunity during the lesson to develop their speaking and listening skills. Each week, half an hour of lesson time is dedicated to private reading and students are encouraged to complete individual writing activities throughout the year.

pdf document KS3 Map of Year 2016-17

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 all students follow English Language and English Literature route, completing regular assessments and practice examination questions. We follow the AQA syllabus and many of our staff are experienced exam markers for this exam board. Some of the texts we study include An Inspector Calls and a selection of poetry and non-fiction texts.

pdf document KS4 Map of the Year 2016-17

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 students study English Literature and we follow the AQA syllabus. We spend time preparing students to become independent learners enabling them to be successful individuals beyond life at Cavendish. Students currently study Aspects of Tragedy, Elements of Political and Social Protest Writing, and Theory and Independence.

pdf document A Level Curriculum Outline 2016-17

Ofsted say:

"Students are now also making better progress in English, where the clear focus on examination expectations has helped students greatly."


Ofsted, May 2015


Executive Headteacher: Mr Gary Lewis
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